Ella Wheeler Wilcox tea towel

100% Organic Cotton
Made in the UK
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  • Sturdy half panama unbleached US cotton (48cm x 70cm)
  • Our special inks mean that colours last in the wash
  • Includes hanging loop
  • Designed and manufactured in the UK
  • Delivery with Royal Mail, free on orders over £35
  • 100-day money back guarantee if you change your mind

The American poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919) is perhaps most famous for the words "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; / Weep, and you weep alone", the opening lines of her 1883 poem Solitude, inspired by a poignant encounter with a grief-stricken woman dressed in black during a train journey on the way to a party.

Our tea towel takes words from another of her poems, Protest. In this powerful piece, Wilcox reminds us of the importance of speaking out against injustice rather than remaining silent. Her stirring words, "To sin by silence, when we should protest, / Makes cowards out of men" urges us to remember our responsibility in challenging wrongdoing and standing up for what is right.

Known not only for her literary prowess but also for her advocacy of vegetarianism, animal rights, and her belief in reincarnation, Wilcox's writings encompassed a broad spectrum of human experience and social consciousness.

Half Panama unbleached organic cotton (heavy weight, textured finish). Stitched on all four sides. Includes hanging loop. Measures approximately 48cm x 70cm. Machine wash at 40 degrees centigrade max. We recommend that before you use your tea towel for the first time you wash it at least once to soften up the material and make it more absorbent for drying dishes. Please note size can vary slightly.